Definition of breast in English:

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Pronunciation: /brest/


1Either of the two soft, protruding organs on the upper front of a woman’s body that secrete milk after pregnancy.
Example sentences
  • All had terminal cancer of the breast, lung, gastrointestinal system or prostate gland.
  • You may notice pink, red or purple streaks along your abdomen, breasts, upper arms, buttocks or thighs.
  • The most researched cancers are those of the bowel, breast, endometrium, prostate, testes, and lung.
mammary gland, mamma;
(breasts) bosom(s), bust, chest
informal boobs, knockers, bazooms, hooters
1.1The less-developed part of a man’s body corresponding with a woman’s breast.
Example sentences
  • He stops the blade inches from the man's breast.
  • Her head was resting just at the top of her lover's breast.
  • Shylock raised his knife to inflict the fatal wound to his enemy's breast.
1.2A person’s chest: her heart was hammering in her breast
More example sentences
  • The growth can invade local tissues of the breast and chest wall as well as spread through the blood and lymphatic systems.
  • She sat on the back seat, pressing the envelope to her breast.
  • When he woke up, he found Maria sound asleep on his breast.
heart, bosom, soul, core
1.3The chest of a bird or mammal: [as modifier]: the breast feathers of the doves
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  • The young birds' breasts showed orange now as they looked hungrily to her, their eyes black and empty.
  • Then it preened its scaly breast feathers with a wide beak.
  • Be sure that it is the native pigeon, a large bird with white plumage on its breast.
1.4A portion of poultry cut from the breast of a bird: a grilled chicken breast
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  • Then for my entree: boneless fried chicken breasts, sweet potato fries, and noodle kugel.
  • Plus, tuna has virtually zero saturated fat, which you can't say about red meat or even a breast of chicken.
  • Season remaining three chicken breasts with salt and white pepper.
1.5The part of a garment that covers the chest: [as modifier]: a breast pocket
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  • She had half expected him to display the garment in the breast pocket of his jacket.
  • The seven-year-old buried her head in Debbie's pajamas, soaking the breast pocket of her shirt.
  • He stuffed his sunglasses into the breast pocket of his shirt as his eyes searched for her.


[with object]
1Face and move forward against or through (something): I watched him breast the wave
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  • On the Potomac, swan-white power launches keep breasting the sulphurous wave.
  • Two huge English gals with shoulders like walruses breasted the waves in perfect unison.
  • He breasted the finish line in five hours and two minutes.
1.1Reach the top of (a hill).
Example sentences
  • It turned out to be the highlight of the expedition, the day they breasted the icecap.
  • As the first rays of the sun breasted the peak of the mountain, the enemy slowed.
  • The train made the climb and breasted the summit at a virtually steady 60 mph.



beat one's breast

Make an exaggerated show of sorrow, despair, or regret.
Example sentences
  • At the peak of her ambiguous angst, she beats her breast in sappy mourning upon the death of her father.
  • I bet you are wailing and gnashing your teeth and beating your breast with many small whips as you ponder this.
  • In contrast to Antony's desire to blame anyone but himself, Cleopatra spends much of her first speech beating her breast.

make a clean breast of something

see clean.



Pronunciation: /ˈbrestid/
[in combination]: a bare-breasted woman a crimson-breasted bird


Old English brēost, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch borst and German Brust.

Words that rhyme with breast

abreast, arrest, attest, beau geste, behest, bequest, best, blessed, blest, Brest, Bucharest, Budapest, celeste, chest, contest, crest, digest, divest, guest, hest, infest, ingest, jest, lest, Midwest, molest, nest, northwest, pest, prestressed, protest, quest, rest, self-addressed, self-confessed, self-possessed, southwest, suggest, test, Trieste, unaddressed, unexpressed, unimpressed, unpressed, unstressed, vest, west, wrest, zest

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